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The Southern Fold

Folk // Kilkenny, Kilkenny

"THEY CITE Hank Williams and Kurt Cobain as their inspirations, and they seek to communicate messages of truth and honesty through harmony singing and the craft of songwriting in its simplest, purist, form."

- Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser

Formed by Kilkenny native Emlyn Holden in 2014, and joined by Dubliner Laura Hand as co-vocalist the following year, The Southern Fold have a self released EP and full length album behind them and an impressive history of gigging that has taken their Alt. Folk / Gothic Country sound all over Ireland and across the pond to the UK.

Their debut EP, ‘A True Ascension from the Wayward Path’, was released in April 2016, with cello, piano and electric guitar added to the mix. This was followed by full length LP 'Bible Fear' released in October 2019 with full band, after which the group found themselves on a forced hiatus during the Covid pandemic. Although the band has been slow to get back on the live circuit, they have been hard at work behind the scenes and a new batch of songs have been written and recording is currently under way. This March 2023 also sees a return to the live stage.

"Sounding a lot like something Australia's roots musician Bill Jackson might have written... This is pretty much as good as anything America can come up with... well worth hearing."

Frank Gutch Jr. - No Depression

“With some deft touches in songwriting and arrangements, the Southern Fold are a new prospect on the alt‐folk scene here. Ones to keep an eye on.”

- Eirecana

The Southern Fold